A new voice, aim­ing to con­trib­ute

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

PAUL Snel­grove, a bed and break­fast op­er­a­tor in the Dain­tree Vil­lage, said this week he is run­ning for coun­cil.

Mr Snel­grove, a father of five and also work­ing as a le­gal as­so­ciate with Tonny Lausen in Moss­man, has lived in Cairns north­ern beaches and moved to Dain­tree Vil­lage a year ago.

In his time he has been a build­ing es­ti­ma­tor and for a decade ran a retail store.

One of his in­ter­ests is town plan­ning. Why? “Well I’ve had a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in prop­erty over the years and I think it’s a thing of rel­e­vance to Port Dou­glas and the re­gion, as well as preser- va­tion of the reef and tourism and farm­ing, and all those things – they’re all im­por­tant is­sues here.

“But so is de­vel­op­ment – sus­tain­able and work­able de­vel­op­ment.

“I’m a sup­porter of open, fair and ac­count­able lo­cal govern­ment.

“I’m an in­de­pen­dent and rather than be­ing aligned I think you should be do­ing things for the com­mu­nity with­out a party political agenda.”

Mr Snel­grove pointed to the broad­band sit­u­a­tion north of Moss­man as one of the is­sues that con­cerns him.

“Over­seas peo­ple come here and they think we’re a third world coun­try when we can’t get in­ter­net con­nec­tion. We just have wi-fi in the vil­lage and across the river it’s even worse.

“The in­fra­struc­ture is there, it’s a just a mat­ter of political will. I think ev­ery­body should be lob­by­ing and as a coun­cil I think we could do some­thing about that.”

He sees the cane­farm­ers as the salt of the earth “and they need to be pro­tected as well.”

“Plus, for 10 years I was pres­i­dent of the Nau­tilus scuba club in Cairns, and I’m also a kayaker. I’m a founder of Reef Care Asia-Pa­cific which is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that raises money to do re­search into the reef.

“I stud­ied some marine bi­ol­ogy at JCU. There’s a huge amount of work to be done out there.”

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Paul Snel­grove of Dain­tree Vil­lage

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